So says former Observer'er Matt Pulle, who shares my obsession with state Senator Royce West. Pulle forwarded along a nice bit of reporting by ESPN's Elizabeth Merrill regarding the holdout of former Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree, in which West is identified as a member of Crabtree's "inner circle."
So what is going on in Michael Crabtree's head these days, as he has become the second-longest NFL rookie holdout in two decades? The answer, some say, lies in his inner circle. Crabtree's posse isn't the typical one filled with high school chums, siblings and a sampling of hangers-on. His circle consists of at least three men over the age of 40: former NFL superstar Deion Sanders, Texas state Sen. Royce West and Crabtree's cousin, bail bondsman David Wells.
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Merrill writes that West plays dominoes with Crabtree and is one of his lawyers. "The Michael Crabtree that I know is a genuine person," West told ESPN. "Well-thought-of in the community."